That’s the theory, and there’s more than one email and Facebook post that recommends this, too: slather their feet with the stuff, jam their greasy feet into socks and sleepy bliss will follow.
One last nail in the coughing: Dadhacks took a hacking toddler and did as the quacks instructed. Here’s what happened: the coughing stopped almost instantaneously. Bugger.
The theory is based at least in part on the notion that if you rub garlic on your feet, you get stinky breath. Although we can’t find any evidence for that either, it hsan’t stopped The Garlic Centre from going one step further by recommending that you slice up a few cloves and bind them to your feet with some olive oil, in order to prevent colds occurring in the first place. You can’t blame ’em for trying.
Still, greatly overlooked in all this kerfuffle is the unarguable factor that it’s quite pleasant to get something that smells nice rubbed into the soles of your feet when you’re feeling low with a cold. But you might want to double up with some on their chest, too.
Verdict: 100% cobblers (but harmless)